About the Authors

Fire-Lite Alarms is proud to have a variety of industry and product specialists on board to blog and get the discussion going.

Staff Bloggers:
Mike Breault is the Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Fire-Lite Alarms and has previously worked as a Fire-Lite Alarms Program​ming and I​​nstallation Trainer and SME.  He joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2007 and has worked for Honeywell for over 11 years.​​​​

Richard Conner is the Director of Marketing for Fire-Lite Alarms, Silent Knight and Honeywell Power. Richard joined Honeywell in 2002 and has over 15 years of experience in the fire alarm industry in Marketing, Engineering, and Product Support positions. Richard is responsible for developing brand strategy and marketing programs for all brands.

Lynn Dudley is a NICET-Certified Technical Trainer for Honeywell Fire Systems. He joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2003.  Lynn conducts Fire-Lite Alarms training academies and programs at various locations around the country.​​

Daniel Gellatly is a NICET Level 1 Technical Support for Honeywell Fire Systems. He has 10 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm control panels includes software support  for upload/download on all Fire-Lite product.

Ken Gentile is a Product Manager for Fire-Lite Alarms and Honeywell Power. Using his more than 15 years of marketing and engineering experience, Ken’s primary focus lies in the development of new products.

George Goral is a NICET Level II Fire Products Application Specialist for Honeywell Fire Safety. He has 8 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm control panels including software support and the new SWIFT Wireless product line.

Samir Jain is the Director of Strategic Marketing for Honeywell Fire Systems. In this role, Samir leads the development of the company strategy and oversees the product marketing group.​​​

Jason Knowlton is a NICET Level II Technical Support Team Leader for Honeywell Fire Systems. He has over 12 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm systems and is the technical lead for all IP based Honeywell fire products and solutions.

Dan Lajoie is Regional Sales Manager for Fire-Lite, Honeywell Power and Silent Knight.  During his 39-year career, Dan has been involved in many aspects of the electronic life safety industry, first as a technician and later as system designer for a nationwide equipment distributor. Dan is NICET Level IV certified and an accredited instructor for the New Jersey Electrical Board of Examiners, as well as the New Jersey Fire and Burglar Alarm Advisory Committee.

Julie Laudano is a Pricing and Marketing Analyst for Honeywell Fire Systems. Her role involves monitoring economic indicators, strategic pricing, the bid market and industry sales trends to help identify new growth opportunities. She has been with Honeywell for 11 years.

John Maccone is the director of sales for Fire-Lite Alarms at Honeywell. An industry veteran, John has worked in the industry for 35 years and with Honeywell for 14. In his role, John serves as the lead representative of the Fire-Lite/Silent Knight and Honeywell Power brands to the corporate offices of the nation’s leading and largest installation, service and monitoring providers.

Steve McCurdy is Director of Business Development at Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell.​

Dave Pakech is the Vice President of Sales for the SED Channel – Fire-Lite Alarms, Honeywell Power and Silent Knight. He joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2008 and brings over 20 years of Security Industry experience to the brands.​

Brett Perkins is a NICET Level I Technical Support Team Leader for Honeywell Fire System. He has over 9 years of experience in technical Support and performs training classes for other Technical Advisors.  He is also the 2nd level support for Audio Systems.

Elizabeth Richards is the Manager of Communications for Fire-Lite Alarms, Honeywell Power and Silent Knight. Liz joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2003 and is responsible for the communications, collateral, messaging, and events for all three brands.

Tom Rosa oversees all Fire-Lite Alarms training programs as a Training Supervisor for Honeywell Fire Systems. With more than a decade of experience as a Fire-Lite trainer and the support of a strong team of experienced, NICET-certified trainers, Tom guides the content and methods by which the company educates Fire-Lite users throughout the United States and Caribbean.

John Stofa has worked in the fire alarm and fire sprinkler industry for more than 20 years and is NICET certified. He joined Honeywell Fire Systems (HFS) in 2006 for which he currently serves as its Municipal Account Manager. John was a volunteer/call firefighter in the States of New York, Connecticut and Vermont and has been a professional EMS provider in New York State for 10 years. John holds a Bachelors degree in Fire Science, an Associate degree in Fire Protection Technology and is currently studying Fire Protection Engineering.

Guest Bloggers:
John Brady, President of TRG Associates, is a 20+ year veteran of the fire and security alarm industry. Regarded as an expert in his field, John has participated as an expert witness in cases representing fire/security alarm providers, as well as building owners, on issues related to holdback disputes, pricing, valuation, communication failure liabilities and security operating standards.​

Kim Harris is the Electronic Systems Technician at the University of North Georgia and has more than 30 years of experience working with fire alarm systems.

Ryan Hudson is the Vice President of Business Development for Recruitment Services at JBN Consultingand for the industry leading Job Board and Resume Database at www.FireandSecurityJobs.net.

Phil Johnston’s fire protection career spanned 49 years, including a total of 24 years of service as the fire chief in Chico, CA; Boise, ID; Springfield, MO; Little Rock, AR; and Warrensburg, MO.

Nick Martello is the owner of Martello Consulting and currently serves as the USA Tier Three technical representative for the Teldat Corporation. Prior to forming Martello Consulting, Nick served as marketing director for both the NOTIFIER and Fire-Lite Alarms businesses.

Wayne Moore, P.E. is a licensed professional fire protection engineer, is a Vice President with the fire protection engineering and code-consulting firm, Jensen Hughes, located in Warwick, RI. He currently serves as a member and past chairman of the NFPA 72-2013 Emergency Communications Systems (ECS) Technical Committee, as well as four other codes and standards committees, and is the Editor of five editions, and contributor to the two most recent editions, of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code Handbook®

Deborah L. O’Mara is a journalist specializing in the burglar and fire alarm and systems integration industries and the managing director of DLO Communications in Chicago.

Jesse Otis is a Design Engineer in the Honeywell Fire Safety Americas Wireless Group.  Jesse joined Honeywell in 2003 and has been the lead engineer for the Fire Systems Group for the SWIFT products which launched last October. Jesse holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and is working to finish his Masters degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Systems Engineering.

Rebecca Peterson is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager for the AV business unit of System Sensor. Rebecca has been with System Sensor for 13 years and her primary focus on new product development and voice of the customer on products that customers need and want.

Richard Roberts is Industry Affairs Manager at Honeywell Fire Safety with over 30 years in the fire alarm and carbon monoxide market. His experience spans the installation, sales, and product development of code-compliant products and systems. Currently, Mr. Roberts is a member of eight NFPA Technical Committees and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) and Chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Smoke & CO Committee and Building Codes Committee.

Michael Tarin is the President of Diamond Communications, Inc., based in Madera, Calif. Founded in 1968 with a focus on electrical work, Diamond Communications, Inc., has since transitioned into fire alarm and security technology. The company has its own Central Station and provides installation, service and monitoring for fire alarm and security systems. Since receiving National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) certification, Diamond Communications, Inc., also designs and engineers fire alarm systems.

Tom Von Essen is a veteran NYC Fire Fighter and the Former Commissioner of the Fire Department of New York 1996-2001.

Meg Weadock is a writer and editor for CompassPR, which provides comprehensive public relations, marketing and communications services to emerging leaders in the technology space.